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Camping..anyone? (Updated with pix)

JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
Like in a tent? My bf really wants to go and it's one thing I've never been interested in.

How bad is it?
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  • jeepcurlygurljeepcurlygurl Posts: 19,249Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I've been going camping a long long time. I don't find it bad at all, unless the weather is really super terrible. Or you can't get a fire started. I've camped in cabins, trailers, pop-ups, tents, open air. In rain, snow, sleet, sun, heat, cold, and sometimes in perfect weather. I've slept on beds, cots, air mattresses, foam mattresses, and on the ground. I've been extremely comfortable and not. I've camped in crowded camp grounds and in secluded primitive areas. I love camp food so that's always a bonus.
    But if you have no interest in it, it might not want to start right out with tent camping.
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  • divegirldivegirl Posts: 1,286Registered Users
    Is he talking car-camping or backpacking? I would start with car camping. That way, you can bring all the stuff to keep you comfy. Having a comfy bed is key to enjoying camping! When I'm car camping, I'll bring a thick inflatable mattress, pillows and a comforter/blanket. You can also bring as much food as you want and cook some great meals. Food seems to taste better when you're camping! Don't forget s'mores! And camp chairs. And wet wipes to keep you clean if you're not going to shower.
  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    I've camped at the beach a lot in Mexico. For weeks at a time. I love it and would do it again.

    I do wonder about camping somewhere where the ground isn't sand though. But I'd still be down.

    As long as it wasn't raining all crazy and miserable or anything.
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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,681Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    Love camping, though I must admit I like the comfort of a toilet and hot water (preferably a shower). It's miserable if it rains for days on end and you can't get things dry and I hate it if it's too hot, but that's just me. We haven't been for years as the boys refuse to go but they're a bit too young to leave at home. Can't wait to get back into it.
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  • LadyV69LadyV69 Posts: 3,397Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Like in a tent? My bf really wants to go and it's one thing I've never been interested in.

    How bad is it?

    I couldn't do tent camping. Way too rough for me. I need indoor plumbing.

    There are campgrounds that do have indoor plumbing, but you'll have to check around.
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  • CurlyGrey3CurlyGrey3 Posts: 508Registered Users
    I did tent camping when I was younger and enjoyed it, but I never had more than a sleeping bag on the rocky ground and decided I didn't like it. We have a 5th wheel camper now. :) Not quite the same thing ....
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Curlyminx wrote: »
    I've camped at the beach a lot in Mexico. For weeks at a time. I love it and would do it again.

    I do wonder about camping somewhere where the ground isn't sand though. But I'd still be down.

    As long as it wasn't raining all crazy and miserable or anything.

    I don't even consider beach camping to be camping but I would looove to do that. The wooded areas are just totally different and buggy and ew. So people actually put air mattresses in their tent? I guess that could work.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    LadyV69 wrote: »
    Josephine wrote: »
    Like in a tent? My bf really wants to go and it's one thing I've never been interested in.

    How bad is it?

    I couldn't do tent camping. Way too rough for me. I need indoor plumbing.

    There are campgrounds that do have indoor plumbing, but you'll have to check around.

    Yes we would definitely be going to a place with public restrooms. I dont care much about no shower for a day or two but I'm not ready to poop in the ground yet.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I did a few times in a camper (no plumbing or electric) as a child. It was Ok then but not something I would want to repeat now.

    I would like to rent a nice (luxury) log cabin in an area w/ a lot of fun outdoor activities for long weekend, tho.

    I would NOT want to camp in a tent. Totally not my idea of fun at all.

  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users

    I would like to rent a nice (luxury) log cabin in an area w/ a lot of fun outdoor activities for long weekend, tho.

    LOL that's not camping, I've done that a few times, including a couple of weekends ago. Pretty fun.
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »

    I would like to rent a nice (luxury) log cabin in an area w/ a lot of fun outdoor activities for long weekend, tho.

    LOL that's not camping, I've done that a few times, including a couple of weekends ago. Pretty fun.

    That's about as close as I'm gonna get!

  • CurlyminxCurlyminx Posts: 5,581Registered Users
    Hmm. Strange. I had a blast every time. My family still goes to the camping at beach for a week during spring break every single year. They have a palapa that is a permanent structure at the spot they go to, there is a toilet, but we all post our tents and create our family tent village and kick it fun style. You go to the palapa for the shade and food, we have a kitchen area, a bodega area, a shower area, an enclosed toilet (of course it doesn't flush, but we got plenty of water and a bucket) and all the hammocks you can want. Perfection!

    And I've camped with an ex up and down the coast. It was always fun. There is always SOMEWHERE to shower off with some fresh water, and its just gorgeous.

    I'm really surprised that so few like to camp. I always thought that was a stereotype of women that was untrue.
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My camping experiences as a child were exactly like this. :lol: I don't hate tent camping. I'd go if I was invited by fun people who already have all the gear but I'm more of the trailer type.
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  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Curlyminx wrote: »
    Hmm. Strange. I had a blast every time. My family still goes to the camping at beach for a week during spring break every single year. They have a palapa that is a permanent structure at the spot they go to, there is a toilet, but we all post our tents and create our family tent village and kick it fun style. You go to the palapa for the shade and food, we have a kitchen area, a bodega area, a shower area, an enclosed toilet (of course it doesn't flush, but we got plenty of water and a bucket) and all the hammocks you can want. Perfection!

    And I've camped with an ex up and down the coast. It was always fun. There is always SOMEWHERE to shower off with some fresh water, and its just gorgeous.

    I'm really surprised that so few like to camp. I always thought that was a stereotype of women that was untrue.

    I would love to sleep on a beach, even w/out a tent! But georgia woods are a different story! I'm girly when it comes to insects and I don't find woods to be pretty or fascinating at all. I love sand and ocean water.
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    This is the place where he wants to go and there are grills and bathrooms somewhere -

    chattahoochee_3_sized.jpg

    Chattahoochee Bend State Park | Georgia State Parks


    They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.
  • journotravelerjournotraveler Posts: 2,816Registered Users
    I love camping! I've done it in where there was no running water and no toilets, which meant pooping in the woods. One night there was a torrential downpour outside my tent and I had to go in the worst way. I didn't want to bring drenched clothes back into the tent, so I ran out naked in the rain. Almost got caught by some fellow [male] campers. Hysterically funny at the time.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    Hey, Josphine, you're in Georgia, aren't you?

    Camping can be fun. I don't like to poop in the woods but I am ok if I have tp, wet wipes, and privacy. :) It would be ok for a few days but not for more than that.

    Make sure you take extra supplies incase your period starts earlier or you are feeling frisky...lol. Have fun and be prepared. You might actuallly have fun. Bring extra tp, meds (Tylenol and such) and just relax. I can go with you. :thumbright:
  • JosephineJosephine Posts: 14,175Registered Users
    Speckla wrote: »
    Hey, Josphine, you're in Georgia, aren't you?

    Camping can be fun. I don't like to poop in the woods but I am ok if I have tp, wet wipes, and privacy. :) It would be ok for a few days but not for more than that.

    Make sure you take extra supplies incase your period starts earlier or you are feeling frisky...lol. Have fun and be prepared. You might actuallly have fun. Bring extra tp, meds (Tylenol and such) and just relax. I can go with you. :thumbright:

    Yea, I think if I have some water and tp ill be okay. A few days, preferably 2 max would be good.

    Yep, i'm in ga, have you been to camping anywhere here? My friends wouldnt even get into the lake so I doubt they would want to camp. They're worse than me lol. A few people told me I'd probably like it, just seems a bit scary.
  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,059 Administrator
    I have camped out a few times but not on any campgrounds. My grandmother lived in Hogansville and we'd pitch a tent out in the pasture and sleep there. It wasn't too bad.

    I will be going camping in Florida this fall. Hubs is big time into astronomy and there's a meeting we'll be attending at a campground. Tp, bug spray, and some food/water can go a long way to make you feel civilized. :) There is a bathroom and shower facility but we'll be sleeping in a tent. Actually, I have a feeling he'll be sleeping in a tent and I will sneak off to the car when he starts snoring...lol
  • RedCatWavesRedCatWaves Posts: 31,258Registered Users
    Bring a fan with you...either electric if you'll have an electric hookup, or battery-operated if you don't. Fans keep you cool, and they keep some of the bugs off you, at least while you're eating. Flies can really ruin a meal.

    I love camping, but these days I have little interest in roughing it in a tent. We have a camper
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    Curlyminx wrote: »
    I've camped at the beach a lot in Mexico. For weeks at a time. I love it and would do it again.

    I do wonder about camping somewhere where the ground isn't sand though. But I'd still be down.

    As long as it wasn't raining all crazy and miserable or anything.

    I don't even consider beach camping to be camping but I would looove to do that. The wooded areas are just totally different and buggy and ew. So people actually put air mattresses in their tent? I guess that could work.

    Now what exactly is it that makes the woods different and ew? I can never understand it when people say that. Woods are majestic. They are full of beautiful sights and sounds, and covered by a blanket of stars. It's a little slice of heaven. So what if it has bugs. Bugs are in cities too.

    If you are going to be camping in an area with public restrooms, you'll hardly be camping anyway. There are normally lots of people around, and not a great deal of space in between camp sites (which is normally a field). And yes, an air mattress can fit nicely in a medium to large tent. Some have battery operated pumps, some require power, and there is always a hand pump.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Josephine wrote: »
    This is the place where he wants to go and there are grills and bathrooms somewhere -

    chattahoochee_3_sized.jpg

    Chattahoochee Bend State Park | Georgia State Parks


    They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.

    That would be a fantastic place to camp, with many options. The traditional developed will have showers and restrooms. You can hop in the river on the water front, and walk in would provide the most privacy but least immediate conveniences.
    I am sure you could find a spot where they were not too far away, even when doing the walk in.

    Nothing scary about that, Josephine. I've lived in the woods all my life, and I won't think twice about squatting and peeing in them either! ;)
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  • mrspoppersmrspoppers Posts: 7,223Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Josephine wrote: »
    This is the place where he wants to go and there are grills and bathrooms somewhere -

    chattahoochee_3_sized.jpg

    Chattahoochee Bend State Park | Georgia State Parks


    They have riverfront sites which I would like. Cant find any pics though.
    Not scary? That looks like a monster or Big Foot lurking there by the tree on the right. ;)
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    That is far too small for a Big Foot, Mrs. P.

    It looks more like the ghost of Cletus to me. Cletus is a legend, in every forest.
    When I hear terms like "hipster" I think, who told cliques they could leave high school??

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  • HoneycurlsHoneycurls Posts: 1,889Registered Users
    As a city girl raised in the country now living in the city who has tent-camped many times, your attitude will determine how enjoyable the experience is. I'm a girly-girl who would MUCH rather glamp rather than camp. But, I have rough tent-camped many times and have enjoyed it thoroughly, even though I was skeeved out by the bugs, dirt, etc. I get really nervous outdoors at night, too. But, I love the outdoors and the smell of a campfire and all that comes with camping, so a slight (ok, major) adjustment of my attitude made enjoyment of those things possible.
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  • claudine191claudine191 Posts: 8,220Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Woods from a near distance: wonderful.

    Woods up close: even better.

    Woods when within them: prickers! ticks! things that bite and scratch!
  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    Woods from a near distance: wonderful.

    Woods up close: even better.

    Woods when within them: prickers! ticks! things that bite and scratch!

    Your too spooky, Claudine. Too spooky indeed :)
    I live in the middle of the woods and have not had a tick (knock on wood) since 1979. I was naked, sitting on a watermelon (who knows why, I was 4), and ended up with a tick on my butt. I lived to tell the tale.



    Given the fact that I grew up with one of the worlds oldest mountains as my playground, I don't worry about that stuff. I've been tangled up in briars, brambles, burs, spurs, prickles and sticky weeds and poison oak. I've caught ground and water snakes and bugs (been bitten by a few too), and lizards for fun. I will lay down in a field, roll down a hill, jump in a mud puddle, go exploring by myself (with no fear of getting lost), etc. And then come home, take a bubble bath, paint my nails & put on makeup and a pretty dress and go out. I mean, it's not like it does not come/wash off.
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  • Fifi.GFifi.G Posts: 15,490Registered Users
    ^ If you learn anything eom my ramblings, it's check your watermelons for ticks.

    And enjoy the woods!
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